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Prelaw at Washburn

The Washburn University Prelaw Program

Washburn University has a unique prelaw program. First, while many colleges and universities place prelaw advising duties with an administrator often located in the administration building, Washburn utilizes a number of faculty to advise prelaw students. Those faculty prelaw advisors are found in the disciplines most commonly majored in by prelaw students:

School of Business  Professor Rosemary Walker
Philosophy  Professor Ian Smith
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies  Professor Amy Memmer (J.D.)
English  Professor Corey Zwikstra
History  Professor Tom Prasch
Political Science  Professor Steve Cann
Psychology  Professor RaLynn Schmalzried

 

Law Early Admission Program (LEAP)

Law Early Admission Program (LEAP)

The Law Early Admission Program (LEAP) accelerates admission into Law School for undergraduate students. Washburn undergraduates can apply to enter Washburn’s law school during their last semester of undergraduate work.


Admission to law school requires that an applicant score at or near the national average on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The LSAT ranges from a low of 120 to a high of 180 and has a national average of 152. The successful applicant to law school also needs to maintain good grades. The higher the quality of law school applied to, the higher the LSAT required. Law schools generally advise prospective applicants to prepare for the LSAT before taking it and urge prospective law students to pursue a broad undergraduate curriculum rather than a narrow one.

While the specific procedure varies from law school to law school, initial admission decisions are based on a statistical index that has each applicants LSAT score and GPA in the formula. The formula places more emphasis on LSAT performance than on GPA. Hence, it is possible to gain acceptance into law school with less than a "B" average (3.0) if the LSAT approaches the upper limit but the reverse is not true. One can almost never gain acceptance to law school with an "A" average (4.0) but an LSAT substantially below 152. Often students pursue the misguided strategy of taking easy courses in order to get good grades. Easy course do not help your mind to think in ways that are tested for on the LSAT.

Because scoring well on the LSAT is so important if you want to attend law school, Washburn offers a free diagnostic LSAT in both the fall and spring semesters. Students take a simulated LSAT and receive an individualized consultation session to learn how to improve your score.

Because scoring well on the LSAT is so important if you want to attend law school, Washburn offers a free diagnostic LSAT in both the fall and spring semesters. Students take a simulated LSAT and receive an individualized consultation session to learn how to improve your score.

How do I compare?

A website that matches your LSAT & GPA to particular law schools--free LSAT prep: http://howicompare.com/

Financial aid for law schools

Advice, information and facts related to different financial aid packages: https://www.moneygeek.com/education/graduate-school/financial-aid/law-school-scholarships/

LSAT practice tests

http://www.testpreppractice.net/LSAT/Default.aspx 

Chegg LSAT prep

https://www.chegg.com/test-prep/free-resources/lsat/free-practice-test

Tutor The People LSAT

https://tutorthepeople.com/test-prep/lsat
Washburn is one of only a few colleges in Kansas to compete in the National Mock Trial competition. Mock Trial is good preparation for law school because it sharpens your communication skills, your analytical ability and your ability to solve problems quickly (i.e. to "think on your feet"). Washburn Mock Trial teams have a strong regional and national presence and reputation.

Washburn University also sponsors the Prelaw Club. As prelaw students are spread across colleges and departments at Washburn, the Prelaw Club is the only vehicle for all students interested in prelaw to meet.

 Contact the Political Science Department or the Pre-Law Coordinator Dr. Steve Cann.

For a complete description of the individual classes, go to the course catalog at:

Academic Catalog

(Note, this link opens a pdf file of the entire undergraduate catalog in a new window.  When it opens, if you click on the ribbon icon in the upper right corner, it will open a page index.  If you click on any of the arrows, it will open a sub-menu for that section.  If you click on College of Arts and Sciences, you can then scroll down to the Mass Media Department and click on that link to open the course listing for Mass Media.)

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science
Henderson Learning Resource Center, Room 215
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1737
political-science@washburn.edu

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